The DuSable Museum of African American History is just one of a raft of Black institutions on the brink of financial ruin at a time when its role in culture is more essential than ever.
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As two East St. Louis residents began to rebuild the House of Miles, they faced some questions over their motivations for renovating what was a dilapidated property with little sign of Davis — who lived there from 1939 to 1944. However, with a $250,000 capital improvement grant from the state of Illinois, they hope to welcome the public to an artistic hub once the threat of the coronavirus subsides.
This is the second chapter in Jones’ story, part of a series from Before Ferguson Beyond Ferguson, a nonprofit racial equity project.
The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture, the only Puerto Rican history museum in the United States, continues to fight for racial and financial equity. However, in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic that has ravaged Illinois, many museums of color have been feeling the squeeze of the economic hardships caused by it.
Community museums reach families in Chicago and beyond.
Despite Pride month’s coinciding with the pandemic this year, Sharron Cooks still had plenty to celebrate.
The Illinois State Museum launched an initiative to record history as it is happening, inviting the people of Illinois to share their experiences living through the pandemic.
Though Illinois allowed indoor museums to reopen June 26, the COVID-19 pandemic still rages across the nation. Museums, historic homes, and gardens in the Quad-Cities have taken differing approaches to reopening.
March was going to be a big month for the Children’s Hands-On Museum of Northwestern Illinois. Instead, on March 16, the museum was one of the 85,000 museums that closed worldwide because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Normally staff at the Peoria Riverfront Museum would be gearing up to welcome bus-fulls of students when school resumes in a few weeks. Instead, they’re holding meetings to decide: if they can’t bring students to the museum, how can they bring the museum to students?
The Latino Task Force is demonstrating how years of training, deep roots, and savvy leadership can muster a force that has been more visible than any city agency. It is a child of the pandemic, but the task force is led by people who have been activists since the 1970s. It’s clear now that all of their life experience prepared them for precisely this moment in time.
Say you are 11 years old, say your mom has tested positive for Covid and is pretty sick with the virus in your apartment, say your dad takes you and your brother and sister to get tested, and you all test positive. Though you have no symptoms, a few days later, you get appendicitis. That is what happened to SF Tenderloin resident Rodney Gongora.
An Iowa-based medical team has been traveling to rural Haiti for years, assisting residents with health crises while searching for long-term ways to help the people improve their own situations.
Faced with the devastating twin threats of digital and China, can a critical Wisconsin industry survive?
More people in poor countries die from cancer than from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. Joanne Silberner looks at the human toll of cancer, and possible solutions.
An American military medical facility has become one of the most active organ donor hospitals in Germany. That’s because a high percentage of mortally wounded U.S. troops are donating their organs in a country where organ donation is still a verboten topic.
The U.S. government spends millions of dollars every year to boost Cuba's beleaguered pro-democracy movement. Is the money having any impact?
African farmers already struggle to grow sufficient maize, which is a thirsty, fertilizer-hungry crop. What will happen as the climate changes and the population grows?
In the wake of the Mumbai terror attacks and the Obama administration's announcement of troop increases in Afghanistan, Pakistan has emerged as a central front in the War on Terror. As new leaders in Washington and Islamabad struggle against a surge of Islamic militancy and growing political instability in the...
Ug99, a virulent fungal disease, could create a major food security crisis by attacking the world's second largest crop, wheat.
An exodus of more than 2 million Iraqis is reshaping the Middle East -- with ominous implications for the region.
Driven out of Iraq and into neighboring countries by sectarian violence, a once prosperous middle class is drawing down savings -- and fueling local resentments. The newcomers are blamed...
In Ethiopia and Kenya, dry seasons grow longer and tribal conflict over access to water is on the rise, exacerbated by the proliferation of arms from Somalia. With clean water access scarce, the burden of securing a daily water supply has become a daunting task.
Reporter Loretta Tofani gets inside America's factory, China, where the lack of health and safety precautions has Chinese workers dying.
In interviews with dozens of dying workers and through review of their medical records, she documents how Chinese workers routinely lose limbs from old machinery or develop fatal diseases...
Reporter Ruthie Ackerman and photographer Andre Lambertson travel from Staten Island to Liberia, investigating the lives and struggles of Liberian youth after the 14-year civil war.